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Mike Carbery Landscapes — Case Study — Taming Ballymun

Before and After

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Before we began work
Transformed garden in Ballymun

This garden in Ballymun was designed, built and planted by Mike Carbery Landscapes in June 2007.

The Process

Garden design drawing

During the initial consultation, the client’s likes and dislikes were ascertained through the use of images and sketches.

After further correspondence, his preference of style and practical requirements were identified i.e. patio/ entertaining area, storage, recycling, laundry etc. The budget was also discussed at this stage.

Then a site survey was conducted, which involved measuring the different levels and distances between existing features and boundaries, noting orientation, prevailing winds, soil type, drainage, and the location of existing plants.

When this information was gathered, a Base Plan was drawn up.

A Base Plan is a scaled drawing showing the differing areas and their intended uses, and general planting descriptions.

Firstly and as a matter of course, we considered the client’s requirements and desires, then taking the lead from the site itself; we repeated the angle of the back boundary line to created three different areas.

  • A decked area for catching the morning sun and hiding the concrete pad to the rear of the house. The entrance to the garden is through French Doors from the kitchen, and the deck was built to meet this level, in order to encourage people to venture out to the garden.
    Ballymun decking
  • The second area, as requested by the client, was a substantial lawn framed by raised brick beds with mixed planting on one side, and grasses on the other. The perfectly square lawn was interrupted with Indian sandstone stepping stones hinting towards the slightly obscured third area.
  • Stepping past the wall of bamboo and through the timber archway, revealed a dining area paved with natural Indian sandstone, sited to catch the evening sun. This patio was surrounded with architectural planting providing a secluded refuge complete with chimenea and spot lighting.

The design also included a commissioned garden sculpture by Mike, created from scorched timber with the phrase "The Earth Laughs In Bloom" written in ancient Irish Ogham using brass inserts.

Ballymun patio

These ideas were presented to the client, along with a quotation for the construction phase.

After agreement on design and price, a start date was set and a completion date fixed.

I found Mike very easy to work with.... his excellent knowledge and eye for design guided us through the initial concepts and ideas to the final completed garden. I have no hesitancy in recommending him for any gardening project.

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